Diabetes – Importance of regular health check ups
The importance of regular health check ups
Regular health checks are important to monitor the condition and also to keep a look out so that the disease does not lead to other serious issues.
Quarterly (three monthly) checks
Blood glucose level checks (which are called the HB-A-1-C tests). These tests measure the average glucose level.
The HBA1C tests are carried out every three months when a patient is first diagnosed up until the blood glucose levels become stable. At that point the HBA1C tests are only carried out every 6 months. These blood tests are carried out your GP or specialist diabetes nurse.
Yearly checks. These checks focus on the feet and eyes because patients that have type 2 diabetes have issues with their blood circulation that can affect the feet and eyes.
The checks related to the feet centre around whether there has been any loss of feeling in the feet. The GP, specialist diabetes nurse, or podiatrist will also check for any signs of infections or ulcers. Should you experience any numbness or have any bruises or cuts on your feet it is important to immediately contact your GP.
The eye checks involve examination to see whether there has been any damage to blood vessels and the back of the eye. Should you experience any blurred vision then you should contact your GP or eye clinic at a hospital.
Your GP will also carry out other tests that monitor blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and kidney function.